As has been mentioned on this blog on numerous occasions, we Catholics do not have anywhere near the number of quality, premium leather Bibles that our Protestant brothers and sisters do. I dare say that we may have a handful at best. The NABRE, like the other Catholic translations, can be found in plenty of paperback and hardcover editions, not to mention what seems like an infinite number of pseudo and imitation leather editions. One would think that of all the Catholic translations, the NABRE, since it sold by a number of different publishers would, but alas that is not the case.
There is, however, one company that has produced the NABRE in genuine leather, that being Oxford University Press. In the past, they have offered genuine leather NAB's in their study bibles, compact editions, readers editions, and large print ones. When the NABRE was published back in 2011, I was expecting the same treatment. Except for the large print version, this has yet to happen.
As a matter of fact, I was truly looking forward to the readers edition of the NABRE, much like the NAB, but they seem to not have bothered even publishing one. Which is a real shame, since the text was extremely readable, with the notes and cross-references delegated to the back of each biblical book. Therefore, it was an edition that would be perfect for spiritual reading and lectio divina.
The Catholic Study Bible seems to have also received very little attention. Not only has it not been updated in its reading guides, but it is not available in genuine leather either. All previous editions had been, which is a real shame.
So, this leads me to the NABRE Large Print from Oxford, which is covered in a marbled genuine leather. It isn't the smooth and flexible one that they covered the NOAB NRSV 4th Edition in, but it is actually genuine leather and not bonded. It is almost identical to the genuine leather RSV-CE readers edition that came out about 10 years ago. Dei Verbum is included with the biblical text and the notes/cross-references. The box it came in, as well as some sellers, mention that the full lectionary readings are included, this is not the case. The compact NABRE and the Catholic Study Bible editions do contain all weekday and Sunday lectionary readings.
The binding is also sewn. As you can see with the photos, the text is very readable, the notes and cross-references being placed at the back of each book. This makes it good for prayerful reading or for teaching. The gold gild edges give it a classy look to it, as well as the gold ribbon marker. Some people don't like the Oxford tabs, but I think they are just fine.
Overall, this may be one of the nicest NABRE bibles in print. I would dare say that it may be the most luxurious, if I may say so, Catholic bible in print today. The only bibles that would come would be from Baronius Press, that being either their Knox or Douay editions. The NRSV's from HarperOne are close, but unfortunately they are often printed on super-thin paper and wrapped in cheap imitation leather.
So, if you are looking for a genuine leather Catholic Bible, without having it rebound, I'd recommend this edition.